G1 Klay Thompson GS- Thompson is averaging 20 points 4 assists and 4 rebounds this year vs. New Orleans. That is 8 points, 2 assists, and 2 rebounds higher than his season average. Futhermore, he is averaging 23 points per game over his last 5 games. Couple that with the off day on Monday and Thompson should have a great day.
G2- Charles Jenkins GS- Jenkins is averaging 17 points, 9 assists, and 4 rebounds in his last 3 games. 12 points, 6 assists, and 2 rebounds over his season average. With all the Golden State injuries Jenkins should have another great game.
G3- Thabo Sefolosha OKC- Admittedly a risky pick. However, with Harden out, he played 41 minutes last game with a season high 10 rebounds vs. the Lakers, a good rebounding team. He is right on the border of a risk pick for our standards but he will be in our lineup vs. a poor SAC defense.
F1- Jason Thompson SAC- Thompson averages 11 points and 8 rebounds vs. OKC this year, both over his season averages. He is averaging 10 points and 7 rebounds over his last 5 games, both over his season average, however those were both with DeMarcus Cousins in the lineup. Cousins is serving a suspension for April 24th. BE CAREFUL… it is being appealed so keep an eye on it. Whether he plays or not, Thompson is still a good pick.
F2- Kevin Durant OKC- We usually try to stay away from the obvious picks but with a short night we had to. He is averaging 32 points and 9 rebounds over his last 5 games and a double-double vs. SAC this year at 28 and 11. Durant had an off day Monday after a long road trip and should be glad to be home.
F3- Jared Dudley PHO- Dudley averages 16 and 6 vs. the Jazz this season 4 points and 2 rebounds over his season averages. He is also averaging 14 points per game over his last 5, 2 points over his season average. Dudley had an off day Monday, and a sub par shooting night in his last game at 33% from the field. Look for him to bounce back tonight.
C1- Jeremey Tyler GS- Who? Exactly what I said until I looked at the numbers. If Cousins was in I wouldn’t consider it, but Tyler has averaged a 2.2 fantasy value over his past 5 games, which is better than the rest of the centers who are playing tonight. Jefferson’s points are way down vs. PHO and Gortat’s rebounds are way down vs. UTA. Cousins isn’t playing. Horford, Kaman, ZaZa, Lopez are all hurt and Jordan hasn’t had near the success he had since before the Clippers got Kenyon Martin.
C2- Kendrick Perkins OKC- For a lot of the same reasons as Tyler, Perkins is going against a bad defense where his points and rebounds vs. them are higher than his season averages. With no true rebounder for SAC on the floor, Perkins could easily grab 10 boards.